The longest running art show on the East Coast is right on the Virginia Beach Oceanfront, with the Boardwalk Art Show. The event, put on by the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), is also the museum’s biggest fundraiser of the year. The show originated in 1956 when local artist brought their art to sell at the boardwalk to help a fellow artist who was sick.
More than 250 artists from around the country and the world, setup along nearly 15 blocks along the oceanfront from 20th Street to 35th Street. The event also draws over 250,000 tourists and locals. Proceeds from the show directly support MOCA and help fulfill their mission to provide thought-provoking art exhibitions and children’s art education programs.
The Boardwalk Art Show also calls on artists to design a poster for the event, which is then voted on by the public. 2016’s winner is Ed Obermeyer who is both a local artist and an art teacher for Virginia Beach City Public Schools.
The show runs through June 19, and the weekend’s events include a family fest, a beer garden, lots of local music and of course great food.
hrScene caught up Dot Greene MOCA’s PR Specialist and Ed Obermeyer to find out what the event means to them and the Hampton Roads art community.